VAD Ada Jowett

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Ada Jowett
Nursing, Member S.J.A.B

Born on 22nd April 1885, Ada was the third of four children born to John William and Betty Jowett. John was a hosiery manufacturer, originally from Cullingworth. Ada's older siblings were Mary Ann, born 1879 and Luther, who sadly died in infancy in 1881. Her younger sibling was Joseph Hartley, born in 1892.

In 1891 the family lived as 84 Lawkholme Lane, John working as a hosiery manufacturer and his wife assisting. Mary Ann was described as a 'half timer' at school.

By 1901 they had moved to West View on Calton Road, Thwaites Brow. Mary Ann was working as a garment finisher and Ada as a stocking finisher.

The 1901 Census, showing the Jowett family

In 1911 Mary Ann and Ada, now 31 and 25  years old, were described as assisting in the business. 19 year old Joseph was working as a clerk in worsted spinning.

Ada worked part time from 1916 until May 1919 as a member of St. John's Ambulance Service in nursing, at Morton Banks War Hospital. Her VAD records indicate that she worked 624 hours during that time.

Mary Ann died  a spinster in 1936, and Ada never married either. She is shown on the 1939 Register still living at West View and her occupation is listed as hosiery knitter. Joseph had married and lived on Fell Lane in Keighley.

The 1939 Register

Ada passed away on 16th February 1961 at Victoria Hospital, with her address still being West View.

England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
1891 England Census
1901 England Census
1911 England Census
1939 England and Wales Register
England and Wales, Civil  Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

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